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you guys all know judith was very important from the very beginning. let's give her thank you for all that she's done. and also the next thing today i will honor one of the other people who believed in this and who said we have to do something. and we're together going to come as a community and that's barbara garcia. [applause] so she does not know this but today we would like to celebrate her. as -- she doesn't even know i'm connected to her and in the '80's, she worked in watsonville and worked in getting people who didn't have food, food. and for a very short time, i was a child teenager, let's say. i was a teen in the early '80's and we didn't have food. we were there a few months doing migrant work and i was there hungry. because of a project she had done as a child she didn't even know, my family had food. this is the type of person i can believe in because for all of
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these years, she continued to say, you need food. let's get you that. you need health care, let's get you that. so today i'm going to have one of our other volunteers for the garden we have. how many of you know about ph.d. garden? a few of those. this is one of my favorite things. another thing barbara believes in is sustainable food, having a safe place people can come to every single day and being in a space, be comfortable. we have home grown foods. we eat together on mondays. one of our volunteers from the garden who is now one of the staff is here and he's going to talk about what the garden has meant to him and honor barbara with a basket of goods of things we have from the garden like tomato and apples. so, welcome. [applause] this is ty. thank you, ty. go ahead. >> well, yeah, i work at the garden. i'm the garden educator. if you didn't know, it's a garden on lily and octavia,
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which is right off near page and oak. and everyone is invited to come by and check it out. it's a great garden. it's just a place for homeless people and recently housed people and just all types of people, any people, people in the community, citizens of the city to just come by and enjoy a time in nature and just be at peace and also learn job skills and, yeah, it's been a great experience for me. i just appreciate it a lot. so everything in this basket was grown in our garden and we have some mental health herbs and plants that are good for making teas. people say tomatoes don't really grew in the city but we grew some. if you want to learn about those plants that are in there, just come by to the garden octavia
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and lily. thank you very much. appreciate it. [applause] >> thank you. >> so thank you to barbara and all of the other founders that we get to celebrate today and we look forward to our 50th event. and 60th and 70th because as mayor lee said, this is a pioneer project. which what makes it pioneer isn't the city or just me, it's all of us. it's you, it's the city, it's the leadership of this city. it's all of us coming together and saying, we're going to do something today. so thank you so much. blue shield has been a sponsor since the very beginning of project homeless connect. today we have tom epstein, here from blue shield, who will say a few words. we have a lot of volunteers today. i see a lot of blue shield cares. so thank you! tom has been helping people for many, many years. he served in the clinton administration. he's worked here in this city with blue shield.
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so it's a pleasure to have him here today and he's going to talk a little bit what it means for blue shield to be part of homeless connect. >> thank you, and it's an honor to be on the same program with mayor lee. he's showing outstanding lordship on this program from the very beginning and it's very exciting. wow, look at all of you. so many people, awesome show of commitment. it's really great. anybody who spends time in san francisco realizes there's a great need, a lot of people who need help out there and the people lined up outside, of course, are a reflection of that. what's needed is a collaboration between government and the community. that's what homeless connect is all about. it's led by the city but we couldn't exist without all of the people involved here today. it's really an amazing show. the blue shield of california
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has been in san francisco for more than 70 years and we're a not-for-profit, based on admission of serving community. so we have always been very involved in activities trying to help the community. we have shield cares program that we have talked about with over 1,400 employees involved in that. i believe 125 of them are here today. and we're proud. i want to thank jennifer murray and rhonda will kin for putting that together. shout out to all of the blue shield people for being here. thank you. [applause] more important than that, all of you out here are going to fan out on this huge arena and really help people all day. glorious thing. i thank you and congratulate you. [applause] >> so again i just want to end by thanking mayor lee and barbara and all of the volunteers and blue shield and thank you and all of the other people we weren't able to celebrate today who have been
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here for the 40 -- all 40 events or have really put in their work. so thank you. this could not happen without you. i will say that at every single event but it's so true. thank you today. i'm looking forward to an amazing day. what do you guys think? let's do it. ok, thank you. have a good day.
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♪ oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light, what so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming? whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight, o'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming? and the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there. o say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave o'er the land of the free and
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the home of the brave? ♪ ♪
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>> [speaking foreign language] ♪ [singing in foreign language] ♪
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>> please welcome the general of the republic of the philippines. >> honored guests, friends, ladies and gentlemen, it is an honor for us to be here to celebrate the philippine- american history month. we're honored to have the honorable city mayor of san francisco, the president of the board of supervisors, former mayor brown, and other city
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officials, friends. in celebrating -- this is the second year that we celebrate the filipino-american history month. it is also quite appropriate to announce perhaps that the u.s. senate has passed a senator solution proclaiming october 2011 as philippine-american history month as well. i think it is also appropriate to announce that govern merck -- governor edwin brown announced that he had signed ab 199, school curriculum, social sciences, filipinos in world war ii. i think that all of these events show that the filipino-
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americans are really coming out of the woodwork and showing themselves as a group that needs to be recognized. as we, this evening, a well recognized quite a number of them. we welcome you tonight. may i also ask you to welcome the honorable mayor edwin lee. [applause] >> well, welcome. welcome to city hall, everyone. it is my pleasure to welcome all of you here to the seventh annual philippine-american celebration heritage month. counsel general, thank you. mayer brown, thank you very
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much. i know you are out there somewhere. board president, thank you for being here as well. i am is so happy, because we have a lot of things to celebrate. and i want to first and foremost thank one of the people that i have had a chance to work with, and i think she is a proud member of the filipino-american community here in san francisco, and that has been my chief adviser on families, children, education, and of course she is the president of our school board. hydra mendoza, thank you. thank you for being here. [applause] you know, as we celebrate filipino history month, we recognize the filipino history that is inextricably a part of our city's history. and during the historic struggle that we kept seniors -- remember
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those years where we stood on an alliance to protect our senior residence of the international hotel. we still had that legacy here, as we still a contract with residents of that hotel south of market. even today, i am proud, having stood on that that line and still fighting for justice and social causes to help with our filipino-american community, their quality of life, and making sure that our city responds and continues building a strong community that involves our seniors and all of our members of our filipino community. i also want to acknowledge the veterans and the filipino community for their dedication to the lives of protecting our country and for that -- for them -- for how they had bought and continue to fight to protect our come community -- our country. thank you to those of you- americans. as i said earlier, the filipino
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community south of market has been industrious. in fact, they have been such a vibrant part of our communities that it. down there, you'll see many of our streets are named for filipino national heroes. people like the names that continued to ring as to go through and recognize some of those streets. i also want to thank the san francisco filipino culture center and all of the filipino community organizations that have worked with our city around the years protecting in supporting filipino families, the arts and education, and also our valued neighborhoods across our city. there are so many neighborhood organizations that have sprouted up, but there are many, too, that have been there for long, long time. i want to thank the philippine
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news, the filipino whelm -- filipino womens' network. by the way, the network has been instructing me about -- to make sure that i know what pinay power is in san francisco. thank you. i said it wrong. you see, they're still teaching me. because as i grew up, all i knew was pinoi. the bay area fashion week, the filipino nurses association of northern california. of course the filipino international book festival. the filipino-american art's exposition, which of course hosts the parade and festival. and then, of course, there is the fantastic san francisco manila sister city. i want to give a special thank you to dennis normandy. thank you for your wonderful leadership on the sister city and for your great work on our
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commission as well. thank you very much. [applause] we want to recognize the incredible diverse accomplishments of all of our filipino-american contributors to our city and to make sure we look forward to continuing that strong relationship as we go forward in our city. so it is my honor to present today, on behalf of our city and county, the filipino american history month proclamation. you may join the council general, and please, the honorable hydra mendoza, president of our board of education, and of course, kyra rodriguez from our filipino channel. please take this problematic -- proclamation declaring this is a filipino-american history month in san francisco. [applause]
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>> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the highest ranking and only filipino-american elected official in the city and county of san francisco, president of the board of education and education adviser to mayor edwin lee, honorable hydra mendoza. [applause] thank you. it still saddens me when you saw the only in the first filipino ever elected in san francisco, but it is always such an honor to be here with my community, and i want to thank you all for this celebration. we really have so much to celebrate, and i wanted to make sure we acknowledge this month alone and some of the things we have been able to accomplish. as the council general mentioned, ab 199 finally
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acknowledges the work and the tremendous bravery of our soldiers in world war ii, who will be written into our history books. we're going to make sure that happens. the dream act that was signed by governor brown, which will enable our immigrant students to go on to college and applied for the funding they need to move forward. we had a wonderful celebration with the filipino women's network, he brought forward 100 of our most influential phillipines from all over the country. it was great for them to be about to celebrate here in our beautiful city of san francisco. saturday night, we had a celebration with the filipinos eddy pinay educational partnership, who are our teachers and being trained to come in and remind our students of our heritage and our culture and the beauty of the work in the belief we have in our filipino community. last month, we were able to secure the funding to start our
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-- to restart our program at balboa high school, with the wonderful support of the united way of the bay area. these are all wonderful things for us to celebrate, and it is such an honor to work under our first asian-american mayor here in san francisco. and these are too many firsts that have taken way too long for our community. but it is one that we should always celebrate and embrace, because we have so much to be proud of, so much culture to share, and so much of our heritage to remember. on this month, we celebrate. but it is not just this month that we celebrate. this is something that we embrace 355 days a year. because we, as a people, are proud, and it is so wonderful to be a filipina and to be a filipina here in san francisco. we welcome you this evening to celebrate with us. thank you. [applause]
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>> please welcome chief financial officer here. >> hello, good evening, honorable mayor lee, honorable commissioners hydra mendoza, and the council general. everybody has talked about that it was only in september 2009 that california state legislature approved the resolution that officially declared october as a filipino american history month. the city and county of san francisco has been celebrating this for seven years. we're fortunate to have partnered with the office of the mayor for the last five years to honor the contributions of filipino-americans to the united
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states through all of these decades. when we started, we thought we were just broadcasting television content to global filipinos. but who are these filipinos? we have had the privilege an opportunity to know these filipinos all over the world. north america, the middle east, europe, asia, even africa. the 9 million overseas filipinos are a diverse bunch. migrant workers, young and old, first generation adventuress or their children and grandchildren. despite many differences in their work and their educational background or lifestyles or in their country of residence, the global filipino is much the same. he is taken each -- conscientious worker, an opportunity-seeker, a courageous risk-taker willing to sacrifice for better future for their family. she is resilient and assimilates to the foreign land immediately. but in her heart, she cherishes
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the aspiration of one the recent -- returning him to the philippines. we are overseas filipinos ourselves. we live among the global filipinos to make our mission real and our dreams a reality. these global filipinos share their stories with us, the highs and lows, the joys and pains, the sacrifices they have made in the content -- continue to make for their families. and the hopes and dreams that keep them going every day. we're fortunate to be able to retell these stories and are honored to be welcomed into the homes of these global filipinos every night. every day we bring doc, we bring the largest community of filipinos. they laughed together. they cried together. they celebrate the proudest moments of our country together. and/oregon when tragedy strikes, they come together to help those
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that are back home. we have witnessed the greatness of the global filipino every day. together with you, our community leaders, we play a very critical role in helping build a strong global filipino community. together, we create the image of the filipino in places where we live. the world's image of the filipino is really in our hands. here in the united states, we have made our mark, whether through our work at the community center, the fight for rights for our veterans of world war ii, or our friends south of market. or, you know, just inserting filipinos in the san francisco lantern parade every christmas. the towards of filipino-american legacy continues to burn brightly as our community renews evarts every year to impact history, society, and culture in san francisco. this year is no exception, and
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we feel very privileged to be part of distributing to seven organizations that have made key milestones. the filipino nurses association of california, northern california chapter. the filipino womens' network. the literacy initiatives international foundation. the filipino-american art's exposition. philippine news. the san francisco manila sister city committee. last but not least, the bay area fashion week. we congratulate all the awardees that the certificates of recognition from the office of the mayor, and where most honored to be part of these excellent milestones through our partnership with these organizations. thank you for bringing fame and glory for the filipinos to our community through your work in through your contributions. like modern heroes, you have become the torchbearers for all filipinos. shining your light in who we are, what we're here for, and
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who we can become. may you all continue to highlight our values, the richness of our culture, and the honor of our people. we only have one wish for all of us global filipinos -- [ speaking foreign language] wherever we are and wherever we go, let's always remember that we are filipino. [speaking foreign language] [applause] >> and now, please welcome your host for tonight, senate candidate -- san upset -- please welcome your host for tonight. >> good evening, everyone, and welcome to this beautiful venue, the historic san francisco's
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city hall, as we celebrate filipino-american history month. >> before we continue with our program, we would like to knowledge some of our elected officials who have joined us here tonight. i saw in the crowd honorable lilly brown. [applause] we have president of the board of supervisors, honorable david chiu. [applause] commissioner dennis normandy. [applause] commissioner mandahar. [applause] commissioner claudine cheng. [applause] and all the members of our consular corps, thank you all for being here. let's all give them a warm round of applause. [applause] >> tonight, we're honoring seven milestones of the san francisco bay area's filipino american the
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community but these events became our communities benchmarks because of the remarkable achievements. among them, and achievements of decades of public service, if you first, and events that have significantly impacted our community. tonight, certificates of honor will be presented by honorable hydra mendoza, the council general, and executive kai rodriguez. >> one filipino-american publication has stood the test of time. 50 years of committed service by delivering the news and documenting our history. ladies and gentlemen, philippine news. [applause] ♪ >> truth, integrity, and bold journalism. in 1961, the philippine news was founded in the garage. its vision was to create a community newspaper to tell the
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stories of the growing filipino community in the united states and to advocate on its behalf. the family took over philippine news in 1996 and propelled into the digital age, linking over 7 million worldwide sites with their journalism of engagement. celebrating its 50th year, the philippine news published its 2,600th issue on the fourth week of august, holding true and continuing to celebrate their culture. the filipino-american in committee sees this milestone. a legacy of 50 years of chronicling the filipino- american story. >> our next guests are representing philippine news. [applause]

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